I’ve always been crazy about typography. I like to walk down the streets and just notice the use of Helvetica, or Arial, or Times New Roman all over the city – and judge those who still use Comic Sans MS (Remember the one that looks like chalkboard characters and is supposed to make everything look funnier?). And lucky for me, Montreal definitely takes design seriously, using it to brand and advertise itself to the rest of the world. Paris has its own image, as do New York or London. I think the same applies to Montreal, which was recently named a “world design capital” by the UNESCO, after Berlin and Buenos Aires.
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You’ve probably already heard about flash mobs. Whether it’s a silent disco happening in London, a pillow fight in Dubai or a frozen get-together at Grand Central Station in New York, it’s a cute way to show some love and celebrate life for its beautiful simplicity. Today, Montrealers decided to pay homage to the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in, and reunited downtown for Montreal’s first love mob. Click for the full story and watch my video about this unique ephemeral event.
M FOR MONTREAL is a dream come true. It’s an organization that celebrates Montreal music and encourages international music professionals and journalists to come and experience the local scene. Since its inception, M for Montreal has built an impressive network of music fans from the four courners of the world – from SXSW and Coachella organizers to France’s Les Inrockuptibles and United Kingdom’s The Guardian.
Along with Celine Dion, the Olympic stadium and the Canadiens hockey team, the bagel is probably one of Montreal’s best known symbols. But do you know why? Because Montreal bagels are rather unique, and what makes them different also makes them tastier. Specifically, I think that Montreal bagels beat out New York and Toronto bagels, hands down. No contest. And I’m not alone. In fact, some people make the trip to Montreal especially for the bagels, while others go to the trouble of having them shipped to their hometown. Really!
Good news for tea lovers: The prestigious Kusmi tea house decided to open its doors in the New World and chose your city as its first destination.
Fall is just around the corner, and as the temperature cools down, creativity heats up. And nowhere is this more evident than at Montreal’s various dance venues. The Montreal dance scene’s new fall season proposes some exciting works from talented local dancers and international choreographers. Read more to find out why you shouldn’t leave Montreal without taking in an evening of ground-breaking dance performances.
For me there is nothing sexier than a man in a basic, slim-cut, cotton T-shirt. The T-shirt is arguably the fashion item of the 21st century, enabling the wearer to share personal expressions and to express excited nipples. We all buy them, and we all want to look hot in them. Originally T-shirts were worn as undershirts, too causal to sport in public. But these days a smartly cut T-shirt with a CHEEKY SLOGAN, can make you the star of any party. If you’re like me, you want to look hot, but you also want to make conscientious consumer choices. Is what I’m buying affordable? Is it made with fair labour practices? What are the environmental impacts? It hasn’t been easy to combine sexiness and social/environmental responsibility. That was until BLANK came along. BLANK is one of my favourite clothing boutiques in Montréal. It offers well designed cotton basics that are actually made here in Montréal. So when you’re in town for your Montréal weekend getaway, you’ll definitely want to make a pit stop to stock up. I chatted with Martin Delisle, co-founder of BLANK about his ‘innovative’ store. BLANK Boutique & Showroom 4276 St. Laurent Blvd (Between Rachel &… / Read More →
I’ve already mentioned a few projects that were going on in Montreal in MY RESPONSE to Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle issue about the world’s Top 25 Liveable Cities. One of these major initiatives is the Quartier des Spectacles (that’s French for “performance neighbourhood”), which will encompass a large portion of the downtown area. Near St. Laurent Blvd. and Ste. Catherine Street, the Quartier des Spectacles will offer tourists and locals the opportunity to discover the latest in theatre, music, cinema, dance, design, visual arts and several other disciplines, in more than 80 cultural venues.
I’ve known for a long time that Bronte is one of Montreal’s best fine dining restaurants. Chef Joe Mercuri is a master when it comes to creating unusal fusions of textures and flavours. But when I finally went to eat there (a treat for my birthday!), I was astonished to meet a local couple that has eaten there more than a 100 times.
Montreal’s working class district of Little Burgundy is transforming itself into a new trendy neighbourhood, while never forgetting its past or denying its roots. Follow me on a tour of this old part of the city that has found the way to fight back recessions and crises.